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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 12, 2010 8:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: These Phil Lesh things...

As I'm sure everyone knows, the talented Mr Lesh hits 70 on Monday. So I thought it might be fun to put together a Phantasy Phil show of our favourite bass player's greatest moments so that those so inclined could spend some time in the Phil Zone on his birthday.

I'll start the ball rolling with The Eleven from Feb 27 1969 at the Fillmore West - a totally extraordinary and exhilarating performance (not on the Archive but you know you can get it if you really want it...).

Anyone else have any thoughts?

Apologies for the thread bump but here's one that actually is on the Archive that no one has mentioned yet; Phil's solo in the middle of the epic Rotterdam Dark Star:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-05-11.sbd.ashley-bertha.7364.sbefail.shnf

This post was modified by robthewordsmith on 2010-03-12 16:51:35

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Mar 12, 2010 3:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

I always enjoy his contribution to Casey Jones on 10/23/73:

"Okay okay okay asshole, okay asshole, okay asshole, that's it for you, you're through."

http://www.archive.org/details/gd73-10-23.sbd.partial.goetz.18899.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Mar 12, 2010 10:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

hey! - you forgot to mention my great sound
19740512_1813.jpg

Phil's Alembic bass — oh my, the sound he gets

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Alembic speaker cabinet designs - wall of sound

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 12, 2010 11:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

Very nice, Monte. You got this one in your collection?

pf-20080615_02-phil-acoustic.jpg

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Poster: barongsong Date: Mar 12, 2010 7:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

And just in case anyone needs there heart fibrillated or maybe just needs some light backyard demolition. http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-10-27.sbd.fix.miller.98561.flac16 Other One I think might do the trick.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 12, 2010 6:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

I will nominate Phil's singing, which for all the abuse, I really do enjoy his early era attempts at EMRain and OTisNow from BirthDead...and, check out 10-4-70, for a rare instance of the mix allowing Phil to come thru...sure, it may not be Jack Bruce, but I loved his harmonies in the 70 era tunes...

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 12, 2010 8:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

I always loved Phil's high, lonesome wails from the early days. I know I've said it before but it really was a crucial part of my enjoyment of that era when Phil came through clearly on the chorus of Cold Rain and Snow or Good Lovin', for example. The vocal mix was never the same after he more or less gave way to Ms Godchaux.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 12, 2010 6:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

I will nominate Phil's singing, which for all the abuse, I really do enjoy his early era attempts at EMRain and OTisNow from BirthDead...and, check out 10-4-70, for a rare instance of the mix allowing Phil to come thru...sure, it may not be Jack Bruce, but I loved his harmonies in the 70 era tunes...

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Mar 12, 2010 5:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

I mention this one all the time. Listen to what Phil does between Eyes and Dancin'. Fantastic!!

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-02-26.sbd.cantor.deibert.83283.flac16

How about some singing? The magic Phil had recording Beauty is still with him this night. Also love what he does with the bass
during China>Rider:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-10-04.fm.glassberg_winters.28363.sbeok.shnf

Finally a little honorable mention. Phil isn't actually on stage during this acoustic set (well not yet) and the reason becomes apparent as Bob mentions the last place he saw him during the banter between All Around This World and Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1969-12-26.sbd.warner-evans.28448.sbeok.flac16

Way to go, Phil!!!


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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Mar 12, 2010 6:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

Man- you beat me to it with 10/4/70! Hardly the best show of 1970 I but I absolutely love the way Phil's bass sounds on this recording and you're right, the China>Rider is dynamic.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 12, 2010 6:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

I nominated it for the singing, even though it's good and bad, but it is nice to be able to hear him so distinctly...missed that you two were talking about for the playing.

Listen to what he does while wrapping up the best electric UJB! On the bass besides his voice...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 12, 2010 6:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

Ah, I see you did mention the singing for 10-4! Good for you; don't forget the bass in UJB! 10-4 good buddy.

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Mar 12, 2010 5:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

the "raven space" is worthy of a mention http://www.archive.org/details/gd1982-04-19.mtx.tobin.89314.sbeok.flac16 and of course the donor rap, you pick one!!! Happy Birthday, Phil!!!!!

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Mar 12, 2010 6:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

Have been listening to this one alot lately - Phil is clear and On

http://www.archive.org/details/gd74-05-14.sbd.murphy.1823.sbeok.shnf

Love the jazzy Playin' in the Band

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Poster: billydlions Date: Mar 12, 2010 3:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

What's a Phil tribute without a Philo Stomp?

http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-10-28.sbd.ashley-bertha.20405.sbeok.shnf

edit: I also have to add his dual with Garcia on Playin' from 11-18-72. Perhaps the hottest 25 minutes of intense improv ever?

http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-11-18.set2-sbd.cotsman.9002.sbeok.shnf

This post was modified by billydlions on 2010-03-12 23:19:48

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Mar 12, 2010 6:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

I'd like to add the Scarlet>Fire from the all too well known 5-8-77. For me, one of the reasons this is a favorite version of mine is the groove that Phil is laying down. He is all over it, especially early in the Scarlet.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-05-08.sbd.cantor.sacks.266.shnf

And just to add a little silliness to the proceedings (as well as to tweak the 80s haties among us ;)),
I'll throw in a little Do It In The Road from spring of '85.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd85-04-07.sbd.keith.14614.sbeok.shnf

After all, who can't enjoy a little silliness when it comes to a Dead show???

And finally, who doesn't enjoy a little Phil bustin' some deadheads stones??

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1985-06-27.sbd.gmb.79382.flac16

Hey you, Butch....

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Mar 12, 2010 6:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

"80's haties"

http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=292088

I'm going to have to count this as my "positive contribution" to the forum for the year. Guess, I can just coast until 2011.

TOOTMO

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Mar 12, 2010 9:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

Was waiting for you to bump your post. Kind of like Bobbie lashing his mast, no?

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 12, 2010 9:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

I notice you're not averse to a little bump action yourself, Matrixboy.

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Poster: cush212 Date: Mar 13, 2010 5:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

I'm thinkin' (no it doesn't hurt much) that Phil's greatest moment is not really musical...

It would have to be his liver transplant which saved his life and kept him among us to keep sharing his enormous talent, love of music and goodwill with all of us!!!

Musically speaking (here I go again)... The most recent Bass Bomb would have to be the best one... You all know I'm not good at picking specific moments...

;)

An early Happy Birthday to you Mr. Lesh!!!

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Poster: The_Tank_Tuba Date: Mar 12, 2010 12:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

Don't forget about this H>S>F http://www.archive.org/details/gd1976-08-04.sbd.miller-tobin.35171.flac

Phil's in your face like a horny gorrila on steriods on this one.

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Poster: mcglone Date: Mar 12, 2010 9:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

to this day i hold out hope that a SBD will surface (best AUD source yet though). the darkest of stars chock full of snarling tigers and the CHUNKIEST of bass.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-11-13.aud.owsley.gems.105812.flac16

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Mar 12, 2010 7:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

We could do this all day..

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 12, 2010 8:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

Looks like we pretty much could at that!

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Mar 12, 2010 8:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

damn shame to have to work for a living

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 12, 2010 8:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

Freelancing has some benefits, not least of which is being able to crank the subwoofer on the computer speakers so the bass comes through clearly.

How are things with your dad, D?

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Mar 12, 2010 9:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...


Hey Rob, I got the crap Dell speakers that came with my system. Wondering what setup you are using with sub-woofers, I constantly think about upgrading but have not acted yet.

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Poster: high flow Date: Mar 12, 2010 9:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

Hey JG - I have the Creative Labs I-Trigue speakers which connect easily to my computer or Ipod and sound great.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/B00007AKC1/ref=dp_image_0?ie=UTF8&;n=172282&s=electronics

Mine look like this and were about $50 when I bought them 5+ years ago.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 12, 2010 9:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

When I'm tied to the desk I use Logitech desktop speakers - not the handsomest things in the land but they do a nice job. Biggest downside is the cables always getting tangled. Of course it's always best to put work to one side, settle down and ramp up the big floor standing speakers...

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Mar 12, 2010 10:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

Thanks Rob & highFlow

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Mar 15, 2010 6:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

Oh, I know, I did it for years! Now, unfortunately, I have to consider other people's listening preference (i.e., silence) at work :(
Thanks for asking, my dad is pretty much the same and holding.

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Poster: elkdog Date: Mar 12, 2010 4:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

Dark Star 6/24/73. One of many jams that Phil decides to kick into a new and interesting space (at around 6:30). The way the band follows him makes this one the Phil moment that jumped out first in my mind.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-06-24.sbd.miller.99852.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Mar 12, 2010 7:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

One of the tunes I feel Phil gets overlooked on is SHAKEDOWN. Well, feast your ears on his contributions from this most excellent Cleveland show of 11/29/79.

He's high and clear in the mix and funking it up while locking it down:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-11-29.sbd.miller.95831.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Mar 12, 2010 7:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

"and funking it up while locking it down:"....interesting concept!!!

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Poster: b42l0ng-PA Date: Mar 12, 2010 9:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

PLEASE!-
1) Ready yourself with headphones(or Phil forward format).
2) Play "Lovelight" from link below.
3) Jump to 6:40.
4) Dig Phil comin in at the box back nitties rap.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-11-06.aud.evans.3338.sbefail.shnf

:) Is that some heavy shit or what?

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Poster: snori Date: Mar 12, 2010 4:07am
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Hi Rob, good idea. I'll be fairly obvious and go for his wonderful contributions to the Playin' > UJB > Morning Dew > UJB > Playin' from this http://www.archive.org/details/gd73-11-17.sbd.gardner.4749.sbeok.shnf Plenty of bombs, and his interplay with Jerry is at it's most telepathic. It's great to see that he's still doing what he loves most and keeping the flame alive.

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Poster: GennyBenni Date: Mar 12, 2010 8:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: These Phil Lesh things...

I make three nominations:

1. The post-verse solo from 11/11/73 Dark Star. Phil comes up with some really beautiful stuff here.

2. 12/6/73 dark star has one of the coolest sounding solos from Phil.

3. 8/6/74 eyes of the world solos. enough said.